In the final hours of the 2017-2018 legislative session, the Massachusetts House and Senate approved a clean energy bill that will result in as much as 35 percent of the state’s electricity coming from new wind, solar, and other renewable sources by 2030. According to the Cambridge-based Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), the bill will
Vineyard Wind, a partnership between Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), has been selected for an 800-megawatt wind farm. The Network is also proud to report that Deepwater Wind has received an additional 400 MW contract from Rhode Island for their Revolution Wind project as part of the Massachusetts bid. With today’s announcement, Governor
Download a copy of the Network’s U.S. offshore wind market map showing the East Coast offshore wind areas.
Liz Burdock, Executive Director, Business Network for Offshore Wind As our annual International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum (IPF) is becoming recognized as a major event in the industry, we are seeing an increase in opportunities to make some news during the event. This year, thanks to some important announcements from our political speakers and key
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By Elizabeth Barminski The Northeast Wind Resource Center (NWRC) published three analytical reports on November 2nd as part of the Roadmap for Multi-State Cooperation on Offshore Wind Development. The NWRC is a collaboration between Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island working on creating a regional offshore wind roadmap funded by a DOE grant awarded to
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) released a report on October 24, 2017 that aims to guide industry investment on potential locations for offshore wind manufacturing and provides a detailed assessment of 18 Massachusetts waterfront sites. Read the full press release and get access to the Massachusetts Offshore Wind Ports and Infrastructure Assessment.
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Offshore Wind Keeps Rolling as State, Local and Business Leaders Declare that “We Are Still In” the Paris Agreement
By Bill O’Hearn “Even in the absence of American leadership; even as this administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future; I’m confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we’ve got.” –
Today, President Trump announced his intention to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. While the decision is unfavorable for the US’s leading position on a global scale in combating climate change, experts have stated that a formal withdrawal from the Paris Agreement would take a minimum of four years. Nationally, experts have said
Young U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Industry Stands to Benefit from Emerging Unmanned Aircraft Systems Industry
By Todd Sumner The year of 2016, at least through August, has been quite remarkable for both the U.S. offshore wind energy industry and the small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry. On August 18th Deepwater Wind made history by completing construction of the nation’s first offshore wind farm off the coast of Block Island, Rhode
By Ross Tyler Maryland’s offshore wind opportunity has not been in recent news. Activities in other states such as Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York, overshadowed the procedural advancement of the Maryland Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credit (OREC), an up to $1.9B financing mechanism, to be awarded by Public Service Commission. The buildup of the
As we embark on 2017, it is time to reflect on U.S. offshore wind accomplishments in 2016. The United States’ first offshore wind project was constructed and installed off the coast of Rhode Island. Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states passed legislation that culminated in a regional project pipeline, and established a market for offshore wind energy
DONG Energy and Eversource Energy are partnering to develop the Bay State Wind Farm in Massachusetts. The proposed project is located 15-20 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. The wind farm will provide potentially 2,000 megawatts of electricity to power about one million homes in Massachusetts. DONG Energy is a global leader in offshore
By Liz Burdock and Lizzie Barminski On August 1, 2016, Bill H.4568 passed the Massachusetts (MA) State House by a 157-1 vote, and the Senate passed the bill shortly after midnight. It will now go to Governor Charlie Baker for his signature. With the Governor’s signature, the legislation will direct distribution companies (companies engaging in the
Statement on Massachusetts Energy Diversity Act (H.4568) August 8th, 2016 We hope you will join us and all the key US offshore wind companies including DONG Energy at the Business Network for Offshore Wind’s premiere event the International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum. It is the best entry point for connecting you to the US market. 1701 NORTH GAY STREET,
By Esther Whieldon and Andrew Restuccia 07/21/2016 02:59 PM EDT The U.S. Coast Guard may change course and endorse opening wider swaths of the Atlantic for offshore wind farms by shrinking the buffer zones around the major shipping channels and ports along the coast. The Coast Guard is considering updating the Atlantic Coast Port Access
Most coastal U.S. states have progressed beyond debating the merits of offshore wind. Their combined efforts are marching America toward a need for a developed offshore wind supply chain. 2017 is seeing some states progress more than others but the business opportunities remain abundant. Below is an update on States with offshore activity. Updated October,
Here is a link to the Federal Register notice posted last week soliciting comment on the draft Northeast Regional Ocean Plan. Comments are due on or before July 25, 2016. See more details about the meetings here. Public Comment Meetings for Draft Northeast Ocean Plan There will be upcoming opportunities for public discussion of the